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Reading Scientific Services Ltd (RSSL) is a cutting-edge Contract Research Organisation (CRO), providing research, analysis and consultancy to the food and pharmaceutical sectors. Whether we are creating new products, validating medicines or solving investigations, we take pride in being a leader in our field, serving clients from across 60 countries.
In 2021, we have been crowned Employer of the Year at the Thames Valley Awards, and in 2019 were recognised as Enlightened Employer, Women in Business and Thames Valley Tech finalists.
Enriched by our parent company Mondelēz International, our diverse team includes 23 nationalities from 300 members, creating a family feel as we strive towards our mission of “Science Enhancing Lives”.
We deliver Science with Service
You may wonder how a large FMCG organisation relates to the world of pharmaceutical, healthcare, bio-pharmaceutical and consumer goods. We do this at RSSL by combining our scientific expertise and cutting-edge equipment, with dedicated specialist teams to support these other industries.
As a Chemistry Graduate at RSSL, you will be based within one of our cutting-edge laboratories, providing services to our external customers and in some cases, Mondelēz. You will have the chance to apply your academic learning in a friendly and intellectually challenging environment. Training and coaching, through industry experts and senior mentors, together with resources from Mondelez International University will be provided to support your ongoing technical and personal development.
The Chemistry Graduate position work within one of our state-of-the-art laboratories. We have three sites - two based on the University of reading Campus, the Reading Science and JJT, and the third based a short drive away in Wokingham.
The role will require occasional client contact, administrative support for laboratory management, and supervision and training of junior members of the team.
A successful Graduate Scientist will be responsible for performing a range of routine and investigative analyses in accordance with quality standards, ensuring that projects are completed effectively and meet the customer’s needs. The type of analyses performed are specific to each of RSSL’s laboratories, who specialise in Food, Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical techniques.
These could include;
Chromatographic techniques such as HPLC, HPLC-MS, GC-MS, GC-FID
Spectroscopic techniques such as AAS, MP-AES, ICP-MS/ICP-OES, FT-IR and UV-spec
Microscopic techniques such as SEM, EDS and XRF
Other assay techniques such as ELISA, PCR and whole genome sequencing
Working in an organised manner within tight deadlines and under minimal supervision
Providing high quality customer service at all times
Ensuring effective management of assigned workloads, integrity of analytical data generated and timely/accurate provision of results
Developing expertise in analytical techniques and scientific understanding and performing basic maintenance and troubleshooting of lab equipment
Providing training in routine activities and methods
Proficiency in use of generic and specific software packages required for the role, such as Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) and Q-Pulse.
Performing method validation following protocols, and transcription checking for factual data
Take responsibility as required for elements of specific projects and/or specific areas of general laboratory/sample administration
Please be aware that this role may require handling of materials that may contain chemicals, solvents and allergens, and the appropriate protective wear will be supplied.
Essential Candidate Requirements
BSc 2:1 degree, predicted result (or equivalent)
Self-driven and motivated
Naturally inquisitive and passionate about technical excellence
Can work with a level of autonomy, as well as within a team
Demonstrate strong analytical, communication and presentation abilities
Pro-active, highly motivated, ready to take on new responsibilities and build strong relationships
Experience of planning experiments or trials
Able to travel (if required)
Good working knowledge of MS Office
We pride ourselves on having a high performing and collaborative culture where we offer support and development to enhance your career and develop your knowledge and skills.
In return for your commitment, drive and enthusiasm, we offer an attractive benefits package within a highly successful International business that offers contributory pension, life assurance, generous holiday allowance and a flexible benefits programme.
Please note - we recruit graduates all along the year; if you're not selected, you will receive an email to let you know. If you have not received an email, this means you may be contacted at any time during this year (2023) to be invited for an assessment day.
Life at RSSL
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Mondelēz is a diverse and inclusive employer with an objective to ensure a fair and equal hiring process. If you require any reasonable adjustments to apply or throughout our assessment process, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org stating “RSSL Graduate Scientist” as the subject.
Business Unit Summary
Reading Scientific Services, Ltd. (RSSL) is a cutting-edge contract research organization (CRO), providing research, analysis and consultancy to the food and pharmaceutical sectors. Whether we are creating new products, validating medicines or solving investigations, we take pride in being a leader in our field, serving clients from across 60 countries.
We were recognized in 2019 as an Enlightened Employer, Women in Business and Thames Valley Tech finalists and in 2018, one of our family members earned the Food & Drink Federation’s Scientist of the Year. Enriched by our parent company, Mondelēz International, our diverse team of 300 includes 23 nationalities, creating a family feel as we strive toward our mission of “Science Enhancing Lives.”
Mondelēz International is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation or preference, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Job TypeRegularAnalytical ScienceScience & Engineering
Science & Engineering